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  1. Well really kind of fucked it up this week on all fronts.

    didnt exercise.
    didnt read.

    Okay I exercised and read a little but it was marginal.
    Any how biggest down swing didnt play my best.

    On a happy note I did my first team hand reviews for a tournment with a new freind.
    It was very insightful and he was able to see obviouse flaws in my game that I was seemingly blind to.
    Really helps to have another mind to bounce things back and forth with.
    Its no joke when the pros say having a study buddy and group to think with is very helpful in inproving.
    Also got to enjoy a nice fire and some beer and a big juicy steak in the company of a nice lady.

    Fail: -$936.48

  2. Well hit a bump in the road.

    Took a shot at the 10/20 stud hi/lo cash game -460 but it was fun.
    That game ended up having a movement of about $100 + or - for each hand played out.

    Played a little live but really holdem is not my game and I am finding it more profitable and fun to play online.
    However I do plan to give some bigger live tournaments a try this year.
    Really would like to play some live O8 but because of the wacky laws here it will probably have to be fixed limit or spread limit.

    So even tho I am gong to mark this as a fail really these last couple of just been marked based on if I actually increased the roll or not.
    This really isn't totally accurate because this week I got back on the work out grind and started reading again and had let those things kind of slip the last 3 weeks prior to this.
    Any how still wasted like 6 or 7 hours this week and just feel I have not played my best but still feel successful in that I am pushing and training harder.
    Also one week no cigs so giving that a go again.

    Just a heads up "Application of no-limit holdem" by Matthew Janda is the worst poker book I have read so far. Its a very hard read that is confusing and I don't think it would be helpful for anyone who is not already very good at holdem. Save it for last maybe I don't know.

    Fail: -347.80

  3. Ah February the month where love is in the air. I don’t know about you but I have a love hate relationship with poker. I love the game…the competition…the strategy…the friends I’ve made. But man oh man when the cards aren’t falling your way even when you made the right decision it can be tough to want to “date her” night after night.
    February actually was a profitable month but not by a lot. In looking through my reports, my run-bad in key spots continues to happen. Literally the difference between a slightly profitable month and yet another 10k+ profit month can be traced back to suck-outs when it really counted.

    February also saw me play more tourney’s on WPN than I ever have in a month. I was able to do well on there so I’ll continue to play it and see if I can run up a roll. While technically I could just deposit enough on there to be able to play all the buy-ins, I’d rather try to run it up. That’s what I’ve always done in the past on other sites so going to see how this goes.

    Read an interesting book this past month called, “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. He won a Nobel Prize in Economics and while this is not a poker book per se he does mention poker a few times. It’s essentially a book on how our minds work and what part if any intuition plays. Basically, he destroys the notion of so called “feel players” in poker and explains exactly what is really going on. Here is a review and an excerpt from chapter 1 if you’re interested.

    Now onto February’s results…

    187…Tournaments Played
    83…. Cashes (44%)
    17…. Final Tables
    7....…Top 3 Finishes

    $9680.66 in total cashes (13.16% ROI)

    Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.

    Merge Lifetime Total: $ 410582.83

    Career Lifetime Total: $469936.98

    Career number of Cashes: 3772

    Follow my monthly results in real-time by following me on Twitter: @YourPokerPastor

    Thanks for reading...please post a comment with your thoughts or anything you'd like me to address in future blogs.


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